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Friday, October 8, 2010

Illustrated Friday: Ellington Was Not a Street

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This book is powerful as well as beautiful. The words are the text of the poem "Mood Indigo" by Ntozake Shange, a famous writer and professor of drama and English, and the illustrations are incredibly realistic portraits of the movers and shakers of African American society who used to come to the author's house when she was a child. There are quick biographical sketches in the back of the book that identify the people in the illustrations. I learned a lot from reading this book. Happy Friday!


Llehn said...

I've never heard of this book before. Thanks for the heads up!

Kah Woei said...

I like that cover with the girl in the pigtails. Very cute and nostalgic.

Kulsuma said...

this sounds interesting.

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